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    Wavy dresser

    Hi it's been a while. I don't know if I'll get to this, but I was wondering how one would build a wavy dresser? I haven't found any plans as yet. Here is an example...
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    I think 1/4" ply is in order for the sides. ??
    Any thought?

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    Look into bending plywood. There really is such a thing.

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    Wavy dresser

    Don't know the answer to your question but man, that's a cool dresser.
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    Probably in order to ease the whole job the drawer sides are not wavy inside, and they are only the fronts that match the sides of the frame. Caro'l suggestion is right, and you would need to make some jigs and shape molds to achieve such curvatures.
    A rather time consuming and difficult project IMHO as no one single piece is equal to other, but that's the price one has to pay if you want to step out of the treaded way... The whole picture has very clear reminiscences of Alice in wonderland tale.
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    I had a friend of mine make something like this for his Daughter but that was back he had his CNC to machine face frames and draw fronts. He made his out of Baltic Birch and/or MDF but it was all painted
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    This example may give you some ideas...



    The aprons were two layers of 3/8 inch bending ply plus one layer of veneer over a form of about 1/4 of the diameter (4 runs in the vacuum press)

    The base was really a 12 inch square plywood box. The curves on the outside were decorative (think the sides of the curvy chest of drawers, covering structural sides). They were two layers of 1/8 inch bending ply plus the veneer. The miters were cut on the bandsaw with the table at 45 degrees. A rail attached to temporary forms ran in the miter slot. Many little blocks were glued in the back side of the miter joint. The sides are firm but certainly not structural.

    The feet were also two layers of 1/8 inch bending plywood, but with the forms left in permanently, in case someone rested their foot on the table feet. The feet were bolted through the decorative bulge and into the central column.

    By the time you have two layers of bending ply glued together with a non-creeping glue, the shape is firm. Three layers and it is rock solid.

    See http://www.plesums.com/wood/livingroom/diningtable.html for more details on that table.
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    wowser, like Ive said before, the talent here is nothing short of amazing. that's some piece of work Charlie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Probably in order to ease the whole job the drawer sides are not wavy inside, and they are only the fronts that match the sides of the frame. Caro'l suggestion is right, and you would need to make some jigs and shape molds to achieve such curvatures.
    A rather time consuming and difficult project IMHO as no one single piece is equal to other, but that's the price one has to pay if you want to step out of the treaded way... The whole picture has very clear reminiscences of Alice in wonderland tale.
    Toni,

    I am with you on the Alice In Wonderland. That was my first thought.

    Isn't Alice a pretty, young lady!!!

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    Given the title of this thread, I'm a little surprised that Vaughan hasn't posted a photo of either:
    • Someone in an evening gown (or top hat and tails) waving at the camera, or
    • Someone dressed in "wavy" clothes, whatever those might look like.

    Oops ... sorry for the hijack.

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    The clock I made for my grand daughter would go perfect with those


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